SETI telescopes are turned off; ET gets a busy signal

The global financial crisis has just gone intergalactic. Citing a lack of funds, astronomers at the SETI Institute in California have closed down the Allen Telescope Array. I guess that means if ET tries to reach out to Earth, he'll get one of those annoying "this number is no longer in service" messages.

The 42 telescope array has been searching the skies for tiny stray signals since 2007, and they were just preparing to point their ears towards the new planets recently identified by NASA's Kepler Mission.

Operating the array costs only around $1.5 million per year, which works out to about half a penny per US citizen. Sounds like a pretty cheap investment to me.

Via CNET News

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